Who’s your favourite librarian? (Answer can include “me”)

The School Librarian of the Year Award is looking for nominations – they can come from heads, teachers, students, governors, parents, “anyone with an interest in school librarianship” and school librarians themselves.

The Award – actually there seem to be two, one for a librarian from an Arabic language school and another for an English language school – is run by the Emirates Literature Foundation in partnership with the Executive Council. It recognises “the inspiring work of the UAE’s best school librarians in creating the next generation of readers”.

Application is easy enough: there’s a short form on the website and only three questions to answer – why do you feel the librarian deserves this award, what recent innovations have they introduced, how has the librarian positively changed the reading habits in the school – and the closing date is 19 January.

The shortlist will be announced in January, and the award will be presented on 5 March at Emirates Airline Festival of Literature (3-11 March). The winner gets a trip to London for four that includes entry to the Making of Harry Potter exhibition; a visit to the British library and another to a school library; flights and accommodation; and an item of library furniture plus AED 2,000 for library books.

Second Place wins a visit to Legoland Dubai for four and AED 1, 500 for library books. The Third place award is AED 1,500 for library books, Fourth gets AED 1,000, and there are Highly Commended book vouchers for AED 500 apiece.

Applications are open to anyone working in a UAE school library (at Emirati and international schools) covering age groups up to age 18. Information here.


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